Holiday with a Twist

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New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey celebrates the season in this timeless holiday novella



After a messy breakup, Leigh Holloway is ready to start her life over. Until her parents put the family home on the market and call her back for one final, memory-making Christmas. The last thing she wants to do is deprive her mom of the perfect holiday, so she’ll lie her way through the visit and worry about her future in the New Year. Too bad the only bar in town is owned by a guy she seriously wronged in high school.

Leigh’s best friend broke Croy Dawson’s heart, and Croy knows it was Leigh’s fault. They’ve never liked each other, but Croy isn’t cruel: he’d never turn away a pretty woman in need of some family-Christmas fortification. He doesn’t expect her to drink just enough candy-cane martinis to tell him her secrets—and he definitely doesn’t expect to get caught up in her holiday madness.

Despite the surprising love and laughter, Croy and Leigh can’t escape the truth: he can’t walk away from his family obligations and she has a life and career to reboot. But anything is possible if your holiday comes with a twist…

This book is approximately 30,000 words

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Edited by Angela James

Originally published in 2016

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Carina Press
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Nov 13, 2017
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90
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9781488097270
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English
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Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
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Previously published as The Postcard.  This is an extended version.

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